I can fully understand why people want to try to continue with a franchise. But when the original had Bill Murry, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis, anything that followed has some mighty big shoes to fill. So, where did they go with this latest rendition? Pick up where the boys left off, – nope. Give us a new thread into the supernatural, with the so acclaimed “funniest actors working today” Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. Allowing us to be enveloped into a new era of comedic ghost busting, – nope. Did they make no effort at all with the storyline, stick four wannabees together in the hope that those who didn’t see the original will welcome this with open arms… – yes, yes they did.
I find myself asking this more and more when it comes to “remakes” – WHY? This film brings nothing to the table. If there were any good lines to be delivered, they were sadly lost by the total lack of timing, an absolute must if you’re trying to be funny.
Even the cameos by some of the original cast couldn’t bring this 105 minutes to an end quick enough for me.
Set in the 70’s, Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) and Holland March (Ryan Gosling) are forced together to investigate a missing girl. They stumble about gaining leads on a conspiracy connected to the death of a porn star. I almost pasted by this film, but I’m glad I gave it a view. Both Gosling and Crowe work together well giving the film, although dark in subject matter, a light humours feel. Add to this the retro music backdrop and bad hairdos and it was very enjoyable to watch.
What has happened to British comedy? Scanning through the TV channels it’s difficult to find any form of sitcom that is actually funny. The idea of comedy is a scenario or situation to have a surprise twist at the end, making it funny. However most comedy written today relies on shock tactics that are vulgar or tasteless.
Granted after you’ve seen the 412th episode of Last of the Sumer Wine, the comical twist has become tired. And yes it does therefore need a new approach. But nowadays this new approach evolves blatant swearing or crude sexual visuals to bolster the already obvious outcome of the gag.
When I think back over past sitcoms with the likes of, Are You Being Served, Blackadder, Bread, Butterflies, Dad’s Army, Fawlty Towers, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Last of the Summer Wine, One Foot in the Grave, Only Fools And Horses, Open All Hours, Porridge, Rising Damp, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Steptoe & Son, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Good Life, The Likely Lads, The Royale Family, and even ‘Allo ‘ Allo!, Red Dwarf, The Office, Men Behaving Badly with their slightly riskier overtones, all these delivered the punch line with a subtleness that is sadly missing from today’s sitcom.
Have we as a race of people become so obsessed with fast foods, fast cars and fast Internet (unless your with BT), that we’ve lost the ability to make the fine distinctions between humour and poor taste.
Okay, lets start with the story-line, Nobby, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, is a football hooligan from Grimsby. Nobby has spent years looking for his brother Sebastain, played by Mark Strong (totally wasted in this film) who is a MI6 assassin. Finally finding him whilst he is in the middle of terrorist attack. Right, that’s the plot now the critique. There is some attempt at humor as they try to build on some of the cliché stereotypical northern gags. Then it slides into depravity with smut, base vile shock tactics in an effort to be comical, some of which border on pornographic. This bad taste then continues throughout the film, it’s not clever, funny, nor entertaining. I am sooooooo glad that I borrowed this DVD and didn’t waste my hard earned cash on this utter rubbish. I’m no snob, but have we lost the ability to write humor? Not one for anyone’s DVD collection. (They brought this garbage out on Blu-ray – WHY!!)
I know the voices in my head aren’t real….. but sometimes their ideas are just absolutely awesome! – Anonymous